Garfield Weston Foundation

ARRClaunchdayThe Garfield Weston Foundation was established in 1958 by the Weston family, whose business interests include a majority stake in Associated British Foods, which in turn is home to the international retailer Primark, trading as Penneys in Ireland. Currently, Primark has 257 stores throughout Ireland, the UK and Europe, employing in excess of 46,794 people.

The Foundation operates primarily in the United Kingdom and contributes to a wide range of charities, from small, local community-based organisations to those with a national reach. More information can be found via

The Foundation has pledged €1.1 million towards the building of the centre on the new DIT campus at Grangegorman. The Centre is named the Arthur Ryan Retail Centre, in recognition of the contribution of founder of Penneys/Primark, Arthur Ryan to retail innovation.